novels The Best Postmodern Novels  

Ranker Books
2.2k votes 448 voters 25.1k views 53 items Embed

List Rules Top works of postmodern fiction

List of the best postmodern novels from popular postmodern authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Pynchon, and Don DeLillo that are reactions against Enlightenment and Modernist literature. Postmodern novels use techniques like fragmentation, paradox and questionable narrators in their writing to be experimental in literature. The purpose of postmodern novels is to take serious subjects from a distance and disconnect and be able to depict the stories with irony and humor.

The list asks the question, “What is the best postmodern novel?” The list is voted on to decide the favorite postmodern novel. If some of the postmodern novels by the best postmodern writers aren't listed, then be sure to add them so that other readers can vote on them.

Some of the best themes and techniques that are used in postmodern novels are irony and black humor, metafiction, non-linear narratives and fragmentations, paranoia, minimalism, or maximalism. Novels that include these features are on the list, such as House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, The Unlimited Dream Company by J.G. Ballard and Lolita by Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov. Vote up the best postmodern novels right here.
list ordered by

1
112 24
Gravity's Rainbow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon

2
119 36
Infinite Jest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace

3
118 45
Slaughterhouse-Five is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

4
70 19
If on a winter's night a trave... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

5
85 34
Catch-22 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Catch-22 Joseph Heller

6
64 23
White Noise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
White Noise Don DeLillo

7
57 19
The Crying of Lot 49 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon

8
59 23
House of Leaves is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski

9
68 35
Lolita is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Lolita Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

10
39 15
Labyrinths is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Labyrinths Jorge Luis Borges

11
50 24
Breakfast of Champions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Breakfast of Champions Kurt Vonnegut

12
35 13
Molloy; Malone dies ; The unna... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

13
32 12
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle Haruki Murakami

14
28 9
Underworld is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Underworld Don DeLillo

The Best Novels Written by Famous Actors

15
29 10
Ubik is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ubik Philip K. Dick

16
46 24
Naked Lunch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

17
29 11
Ficciones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges

18
39 20
Pale Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Pale Fire Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

19
43 25
American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis

20
29 14
The Name of the Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Name of the Rose Umberto Eco

21
41 25
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson

The Top Must-Read Books of All-Time

22
22 9
The Recognitions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Recognitions William Gaddis

23
20 9
The Sot-Weed Factor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
The Sot-Weed Factor John Barth

24
10 1
V. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added V. Thomas Pynchon

25
39 29
Fight Club is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Fight Club Chuck Palahniuk

26
12 4
Blood Meridian is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Blood Meridian Cormac McCarthy

27
17 9
Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Hocus Pocus Kurt Vonnegut

28
18 10
The French Lieutenant's Woman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

The Greatest American Novels

29
12 5
Hopscotch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added Hopscotch Julio Cortázar

30
17 10
Libra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Libra Don DeLillo

31
14 8
1979 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added 1979 Christian Kracht

32
26 22
Cloud Atlas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell

33
17 13
Wittgenstein's Mistress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Wittgenstein's Mistress David Markson

34
10 6
The Road is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Road Cormac McCarthy

35
6 2
A Confederacy of Dunces is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added A Confederacy of Dunces John Kennedy Toole

Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

36
13 10
Crash is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Crash J. G. Ballard

37
7 4
Inherent Vice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon

38
6 5
The young man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Mollevangsvagen added The Young Man Botho Strauß

39
5 4
The Brief Wondrous Life of Osc... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz

40
4 3
Bleeding Edge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Bleeding Edge Thomas Pynchon

41
2 1
Perfume is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Perfume Patrick Süskind

42
17 18
Choke is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Choke Chuck Palahniuk

The Best Russian Novels

43
2 2
The Third Policeman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added The Third Policeman Brian O'Nolan

44
2 2
The Amazing Adventures of Kava... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Michael Chabon

45
7 8
The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
erdos1 added The Tunnel William H. Gass

46
7 9
Terra nostra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Terra Nostra Carlos Fuentes

47
10 13
Blood and Guts in High School is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels

48
2 4
Less Than Zero is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis

49
3 6
Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
bugo99 added Steppenwolf Hermann Hesse

50
1 5
Glamorama is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Postmodern Novels
Guest_057e0091-8537-481d-b09c-6e6e164d32f3 added Glamorama Bret Easton Ellis